Broad Bridge Street

The photographer didn’t quite nail this one but still a wonderful and early shot along Broad Bridge Street and taken from close to Town Bridge.


Coronation Procession (1911)

A procession on (Broad) Bridge Street to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary on 22nd June 1911 and photographed from an upper floor of the old Golden Lion Hotel.

SA Caster, Broad Bridge Street

A wonderfully eclectic Edwardian postcard showing the Third Floor Boot Room of leather merchant Sam Caster’s store on Broad Bridge Street.

Jauncey’s Cutlery & Tools Store (1934)

Three generations of Jaunceys traded from their Broad Bridge Street premises dating back to at least the very early 1800s. The Tudor half-timbered shop itself dated back even further.

This photo appeared in the Peterborough Advertiser in 1934 when the shop was run by 42 year old George Henry Jauncey. The person in the lower image is his 68 year old father of the same name standing alongside his tool sharpening barrow as featured in the lower image.

Carolas Dance Orchestra (c.1932)

Peterborough’s Carolas Dance Orchestra captured performing in the city around 1932. The venue was the ballroom at the Angel Hotel on Bridge Street.

The band was formed by Tommy Joyce, pictured far left.

Edwardian Narrow Street

A wonderfully atmospheric and Dickensian view along one side of Narrow (Bridge) Street looking up towards Market Place.

Narrow Street

An Edwardian scene showing Narrow (Bridge) Street. Where Herbert Hubbert’s Waggon & Horses public house on the near left stands would, in 2016, be TK Maxx with the distant Angel Hotel on the site of WH Smith.

Inside the City Cinema

The interior of the City Cinema on Bridge Street, pictured in the late 1950s.

The City Cinema was opened on 27th March 1927. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels with boxes along the side-walls. The stage was 40 feet deep, behind a 26 feet wide proscenium. There were four dressing rooms. It was equipped with a Conacher 4 Manual organ that had 30 speaking stops, which was opened by organists Cooper Francis and G. Rhodes. The cinema also boasted a café and a ballroom.

The City Cinema was the first cinema in the town to screen ‘talkies’ when Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool” was shown in 1929. In 1930 it was fitted with an RCA sound system. By 1937 it was operated by Peterborough Amusements, owned by the Bancroft family. In 1942, a German incendiary bomb fell on the stage, and it destroyed the Conacher organ. The City Cinema was closed for six weeks while repairs were carried out. Alterations were made in August 1956, when it was equipped with CinemaScope. The proscenium was now 30 feet wide, the side-wall boxes having been removed. The first CinemaScope film to be shown was Jack Hawkins in “Land of the Pharaohs”.

The City Cinema played its last regular programme on 20th March 1960 “Rita Hayworth in “The Story on Page One” and “Assignment New Zealand” which had played for 7-days. The following day (a Sunday) “The Lone Ranger” and The Bowery Boys in “Crashing Las Vegas” closed the cinema for good. It was demolished in the summer of 1961 and an extension to the adjacent Woolworth’s store was built on the site. It later became a branch of Marks & Spencer, which closed earlier this year.

[thanks to Ken Roe for the detail]

Broad Bridge Street

An undated image taken from alongside the Customs House with Town Bridge behind the photographer.

Bridge Street Wharf

A wonderful undated image showing the Town Bridge end of Bridge Street and the Customs House wharf which is today lost under the current Town Bridge. On the right of the wharf appears to be some form of chute for loading up vessels.